"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Come, Follow Me

Recently, I went to visit a group that is in the tradition of Bakht Singh, together with two other brothers. On our way to pick up one of the brother's car in the carpark, we walked pass a foreign construction worker sitting alone under the HDB flat reading the Scripture in the open. It was in the evening. It did not occur to us to speak to him when we first passed him. However, while walking up the stairs in the carpark, the Spirit convicts one of the brothers to invite him along to the meeting that we were heading to.

And so we did turn back and ask of him. When we asked if he was free and wanted to join us to a meeting of believers nearby of which he can travel with us in the car, he immediately stood up and follow us. His willingness and decisiveness to follow three total strangers to somewhere he doesn't know about, save he knows the God of his, indeed amazes me till this day. We later found out that his dormitory is nearby and he claims to be a believer for 4 months old.

This incident surely brought to my mind when Jesus first called his disciples to follow him. Certainly, the Lord didn't ask them to come for an interview, give them a few days on-the-job training and perhaps then grant them a few days grace period to consider the offer and their options. No, it was a decision to be made, perhaps in less than 10 seconds before the Lord was out of sight.

Looking at the real life example of that brother, which is as if the Gospel has been acted out right in front of my eyes, I can't help but ask myself if we will be as willing and decisive as our foreign brother was when we hear God calling us into something? Do we ask to wait a minute more often than we say let's go?

So, what is your response if Jesus calls out to you now, "Come, follow me"?